Module One

INTRODUCTION TO CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION THEORY AND PRACTICE

Residential Seminar One serves as an introduction to the field of Applied Conflict Transformation Studies. It sets the structure and tone of the programme.

This Residential Seminar begins with peace, exploring the diversity and depth of understandings of the word. Students will explore and assess the current trends in the field and will be guided in developing their understanding of the role of the peace worker in the Asia-Pacific context. This model outlines the hybrid approach of the ACTS programme being a creative synergy between the traditional perspectives of the “academic” and the “practitioner.”

In doing so, the Residential Seminar begins the process of teaching reflective learning methodologies, which will be further, expanded and refined throughout the programme.

This introduces systems thinking as one of the foundational pillars of the ACTS programme. From this perspective, different tools of conflict mapping and analysis will be developed and their use in strategic programme design will also be explored.

The Role of the Self in Conflict Transformation thematic arc is introduced in the first module as a framework to make the connections between the students’ academic study and their peace practice.

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